Azerbaijani President Aliyev posed for photos next to Israeli Harop kamikaze drone near Iranian border

The President of Azerbaijan was photographed next to the Israeli kamikaze Harop drone near the border with Iran. photo by newsru.co.il.

On October 4, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev visited the Jebrail region, where a new military unit of the border service is deployed about 10 km from the border with Iran.

President Aliyev spoke about cooperation with Russia and Turkey and about the region’s development, which came under the control of Azerbaijan after the victory in the war for Nagorno-Karabakh.

At the same time, the press service of the President of Azerbaijan circulated a photograph of him taken in a military unit in the Jebrail region, next to the Israeli kamikaze Harop drone. Judging by the video recordings of this visit, Aliyev approached one of the Harop drones and posed for the cameras.

A year ago, Harop kamikaze drones were used by the Azerbaijani army in the Karabakh conflict.

Loitering ammunition Harop is produced in Azerbaijan under the Israeli state defense concern IAI’s license.

On October 4, the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry reacted to the speech of the head of the Iranian Foreign Ministry, stressing that there are no Israeli soldiers on the Azerbaijani-Iranian border. At the same time, Baku does not comment on statements about Israel’s military presence in the country.

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Earlier, IRNA agency reported quoting Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Hossein Amir Abdollahian said: “Following the liberation of Nagorno-Karabakh, unfortunate events took place … Israel tried to make the most of this opportunity, and as a result of its successful attempt to get closer to the borders of Iran, it established its presence in several regions of Azerbaijan.”

Last week, Iranian armed forces held military exercises near the border with Azerbaijan in the country’s northwest. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said that the country’s citizens had fair questions as to why Iran had not previously conducted exercises on the border with Azerbaijan when several territories in Karabakh were under the control of the Armenian armed forces.

The Saudi newspaper Elaf writes that a delegation of Israeli security forces went to Azerbaijan last week to support Baku amid the aggravated crisis in relations with Tehran. 

The Israeli newspaper Israeli newsru.co.il reported that Israeli delegation assured their Azerbaijani colleagues of their readiness to provide support in the event of hostile actions from Iranian territory. 

Israel is willing to transfer anti-missile defense systems “Hetz 3” (Arrow 3) to Azerbaijan. Israel and Azerbaijan maintain close defense cooperation. According to media reports, Israeli special services are using Azerbaijani territory as a base for operations against Iran.

Official Baku accuses Iran of smuggling goods to Armenia along the route, which was transferred to Azerbaijan during the Second Karabakh War, but is under the control of Russian peacekeepers.

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